Kareem Rashad, the Soldier

Somewhere Between War and Peace

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Only a few years ago, I was so vehemently anti-war, I often got into verbal jousts with ex-US military men of all stripes, giving them side-eyes whenever they’d try to offer me positions in their corps. I remember when I was unemployed for a good 5 months, my cousin, an …






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I Didn’t Vote

Jose Vilson Jose 21 Comments

I rebelled. I didn’t vote. Well, let me be clear. I didn’t vote for a Christian, a politician, a populist, or any major candidate. I didn’t vote because Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and any other social spaces made me. I didn’t vote because your profile pic, your text message, your constant …






Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation

Short Notes: A New Agenda

Jose Vilson Short Notes 3 Comments

A few notes: Last night, I knocked out a really big, bolded item off my imaginary bucket list: I saw Janet Jackson live. We had prime seating in Madison Square Garden for the event, and naturally, I went from cool and collected to a whooping maniac. More on that tomorrow. …






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Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Remember how in the Time Out NY Mag, I called Mayor Bloomberg out for being on every damn list I’ve read. From TONY’s 41 to Esquire’s 75. No problem. For better or worse, he’s New York City’s mayor and I harbor no hate for his hustle. However, I’m really not …






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Encima De Nuestros Espaldas (On Our Backs)

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

Last night, an enclave of us decided to liveblog the last debate between John McCain and Barack Obama at Hofstra University. While so much of the liveblogging was entertaining (while the debate often droned on), we noticed a few things of particular interest to us: 1) John McCain looks like …






Toasting the President

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

I don’t want to have a beer with my President. Scenario Anyone that thinks otherwise is, at best, a sycophant with a penchant for reading wishy-washy children’s books. Picture the scene: I’ve just gotten back from work at around 5pm, Kangol hat, tie, pinstriped shirt, chalk-tinted slacks, and the weather’s …






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The House Negro

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

I’m sitting there with 2 of my favorite educators, exchanging laughs, gossip, and semi-Mexican food. I got a cold Corona in my hand, and the ladies have mojitos in their hands. We’re all sitting there, having discussions about politics and existentialism, when all of a sudden, a debate breaks out. …






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From A Semi-Anarchist’s POV

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Every so often, I get into this fit where I totally disavow myself from government structures and find myself requestioning some of the major events in my life, from Reaganomics to the disastrous events of 9/11, and realize just how complex it all is, and how little of the truth …






I Am A Community Organizer: The Genesis

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

This morning, on my doorknob, I got a flyer from some group detailing the negative aspects of Daniel Squadron, a young man who’s running for New York State Senate, representing Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The whole Lower East Side has been abuzz with community activism and political stationing, not so …






What Will It Take?

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

In Beijing, China, the International Olympics Committee told the Chinese government to ease up on their treatment of people. The Chinese government, in turn, invites protesters to register at their local police department and, when the Olympics come, to just stand in one of the designated protest areas and they …






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A Better Class of Criminal

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Imagine a viable presidential candidate 75-100% funded by the people. Not that that’s going to happen for a generation or two, but let’s imagine that for a second. The idea that the person holding the top public service position in the country would actually be beholden to the people which …






Cost of Living

El Costo De La Vida (The Cost Of Life)

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

In “El Costo De La Vida (The Cost Of Life)”, Juan Luis Guerra starts off the song like he and his friends are reading straight from a stack of newspapers he’s got on his desk. Check the flow: El costo de la vida sube otra vez el peso que baja …